Welcome to the Peichel Lab

Identifying the genetic and molecular mechanisms that underlie evolutionary processes

In the Peichel Lab, we are generally interested in identifying the genetic and molecular mechanisms that underlie evolutionary processes. Our model system is a small fish called the threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). These fish have evolved incredible diversity in their behaviors, morphologies and life histories in a relatively short evolutionary time scale.

Recently, a number of genetic and genomic resources have been developed for threespine sticklebacks; these have provided the means to investigate the actual genetic and molecular changes that underlie phenotypic diversity.

Current research in the Peichel Lab is aimed toward understanding the genetic basis for reproductive isolation between threespine stickleback populations, the evolution of morphological and behavioral diversity among stickleback populations and the evolution of sex chromosomes in sticklebacks.

Interested in joining the Peichel Lab as an undergraduate, graduate student, or postdoctoral fellow? We welcome applications from motivated individuals with an interest in bringing creative and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of evolution. Please contact Katie Peichel with a statement of your research interests and CV. Potential graduate students should apply to the University of Washington through one of three graduate programs: Molecular and Cellular BiologyNeurobiology and Behavior, or the Department of Biology.


Last updated: 13 January 2014